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have you covered on all fronts. >> can't you do all? >> i think you're encouraged to. >> jenna, what's going on down there? >> hey, guys. good morning. it is the calm before the proverbial storm. things are good. couple more hours of sleep for the players and the fans and the coaches. basically anyone except for the media, as you can see. before tonight's big game, coming up in the next half hour, some interesting things, like what is it like for the quarterbacks. they have to rally the team up, calm them back down. eli manning weighed in on his pregame nerves. and one of this year's starting quarterbacks, joe flacco who has his own way of staying cool before the game. and nothing, nothing says football like a postgame gatorade dunk. it's become a tradition. all i'm going to say is when in new orleans. all that and much more from the big easy. >> wow. >> coming up in the next hour.
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i don't think you can see that enough times. >> definitely. >> talk about taking one for the team, jenna. >> i'm sure. you don't know what the dry-cleaning bill was. >> you're expensing it, though, right, so it's fine? >> of course. >> talk to you again in a little bit. this is maybe one of the few times during the year when people want to see the commercials during what they're watching. the ads are such a big draw for people. we have a sneak peek at some of the commercials you may not have seen already despite some of them already being out there. a lot more to get to, including very serious news. the death of the military's most lethal sniper. he was shot and killed at a gun range in texas. coming up, my conversations with him about his actions in iraq. i sat down with him last year. incredibly payment on theic man of faith who is known as taking a lot of lives as sniper but saved countless american lives. >> on a number of tours.
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four tours in total. mourners turning out for another hero, the bus driver shot to death trying to protect more than 20 children in his care. it happened before a 5-year-old boy was taken hostage. more on that and what authorities are trying to do to end that standoff. and new frenzy surrounding the duchess of cambridge. she's been keeping a low profile during her pregnancy. but the tabloids going goo goo and gaga. we'll show you the pictures in question a little bit later. the shooting death of the most lethal snipe tpher sniper in military history. mark schneider from kxas is at the police station in lancaster, texas where the suspect was taken. mark, what can you tell us? >> yeah, lester, that gun range was chris kyle's second home practically. we're 100 miles east in
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lancaster, texas. this is where the suspect is from. he's being held in the police department. already gone before a judge, arraigned on two counts of capital murder. we have some video from the scene on where routh was captured. we're still trying to get more information on him. we know at this point as far as a criminal history, he was convicted of dwi last year. that's all we've got on him. what we are trying to find out is motive and what if any relationship he had with chris kyle and the other victim, chad littlefield. the texas highway patrol is one of the agencies investigating. here's what they say he did right after the murders. >> he traveled back to his residence in lancaster. lancaster police department was able to catch up with him there. they took him into custody without incident after a brief pursuit. >> all right. police tell us they have a long way to go on this investigation. still trying to learn a lot more
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about ralph's background. don't know yet if he was in the military or not, what kind of weapon, what kind of gun was used in this crime. we'll be hearing from the sheriff a little later today. so we'll get that information to nbc news when we get it. lester? >> mark schneider from kxas. i traveled to texas last february to meet chris kyle. and we talked about his four tours in iraq as a navy s.e.a.l. and one shot that made him legend ear among fellow snipers. >> i saw an insurgent on top of the roof. i zoomed in on him. i saw he had an rpg. he was trying to hide. about the time i saw he was getting into attack position i decided it was time to take the shot. >> he hit his mark from 2,100 yards or 1.2 miles away. an unheard of distance that stunned even him. >> 2,100 yards. lucky shot? >> extremely lucky shot.
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>> most of those he killed never saw him. >> when you're going to war it's definitely not about being fair. every person i killed i have a clear conscious of because they were actively trying to hurt americans or civilians. >> it's so ironic. only to lose his life texas. he leaves behind a wife and two children. his wife talked about the fear of him being overseas and with a navy s.e.a.l. you don't know what they're doing. it's very secretive business. we lost a true american hero. >> our hearts go out the to them. in turkey, police are reportedly questioning 15 people in connection with the killing of a new york city woman there. our chief foreign correspondent is live in istanbul. what police are saying is the 33-year-old won sarai sierra
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came for a two-week holiday. it was her first trip outside the united states. she was supposed to come with a girlfriend. the girlfriend backed out. during the trip she was in regular contact with her family. no indication that anything was going wrong. then on january 21st, the day she was supposed to be leaving, she disappeared. she never arrived at the airport. her rented apartment where she was staying here still had her things in it. a closed-circuit television camera showed her walking alone. and then she was gone for two weeks. no one had any idea what happened to her. last night police found her body dumped here the palace very close to the ramparts of the old city. police say she died from a blunt force trauma to the head. family members are trying to find answers, trying to find out
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what happened to her. they have not spoken to the media. we are told they are too emotional at this stage. now to the stand justify in alabama. 5-year-old boy spent 110 hours in captivity. gabe gutierrez is following this story in midland city, alabama for us. gabe, good morning. what's the latest? >> lester, the funeral for the bus driver is set for later this afternoon. it comes a day after the local sheriff here publicly thanked the suspect who might have access for television for taking care of our child, a sign of just how sensitive these negotiations have become. >> charles poland was a bus driver who died on the job protecting more than 20 children under his care. saturday night mourners lined up
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to pay their respects as the tense standoff dragged on. >> it was just devastating. we wanted it to come to a resolution. we wanted to save that little child. >> the 5-year-old child ethan is still being held in an underground bunker by this man, a man neighbors describe as a loner with deep distrust of government. police are talking through a ventilation pipe and choosing their words carefully. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. >> he is allowing toys, potato chips. he grabbed ethan after boarding a school bus and shooting the driver. the chaotic scene still weighing on this small town. he was driving by when he noticed children crying on the side of the road.
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he was so stunned he crashed his car. >> we noticed all the kids out there and i realized something serious had to have happened. >> there are new ribbons and prayer vigils every day now. joshua tucker is one of the advisers. >> i want our little warrior in the bunker to get out safe and sound. >> now trapped underground for more than 110 hours. as this standoff drags on, several schools in dale county remain closed until further notice. left senator. >> gabe gutierrez, thanks. president obama heads to minneapolis tomorrow to promote his plan to battle gun violence. it's a photo of him firing a shotgun that is getting all the attention this morning. peter alexander is at the white house with more. good morning. >> good morning. tomorrow marks the first time the president is going on the run road to push for stiffer gun laws. there was a detour in the debate when the president insisted that all the time he shoots skeet at
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camp david. these were his words. all the time. his critics were skeptical. and the white house on saturday quickly pushed back trying to put the argument to rest. the white house wanted to silence the skeptics. instead the release of this photo, the president firing a shotgun on the range of camp david on his 51st birthday last summer unleashed a new round of attack from his staunchest critics. nra telling nbc news unone picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable. the controversy first exploded last week when the new republic magazine asked if he had ever fired a gun. the president boasted, yes, in fact up at camp david we do skeet shooting all the time. and i have a pro found respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. gun rights advocates pointing out the president's campaign for new tougher gun laws were
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unimpressed. >> i'll tell you what i do think. he should invite me to camp david and i will go skeet shooting with him and i bet i'll beat him. >> since when did the ability to fire a weapon become a badge of honor, patriotic achievement. all you need is a finger. >> with questions lingering the white house initially pushed back at calls for photographic proof. >> because when he goes to camp david he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax. >> politicians have come under fire for claiming to be experienced sportsmanment john kerry was mocked for wear camouflage. and mitt romney in 2007 during his first presidential bid. >> i have always been if you will, rodent and rabbit farmer. >> the president's former senior adviser referred to those who
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still questioned where mr. obama was born. make our day. let the photo shop conspiracies begin. >> they say he is a strong supporter of the second amendment. by the way, as for that challenge, erica, from representative blackburn, the white house concedes the president would likely lose. they say skeet shooting is not something he has done all his life. >> peter alexander, thank you. chuck todd is political director and chief white house correspondent. and filling in for david gregory on "meet the press". nice to see you today. >> good morning, erica. so the white house pressured into releasing this photo. was it in the administration's best interest? >> you know, i don't know. i thought they thought it was catching too much traction, if you will in some circles. they have always been this way when it first started back when they were running in office the first time the birth certificate question started. this has always been their m.o.
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as something catches fire on twitter and social media in particular and makes its way in the mainstream. they feel they have to do something, quote, unquote feed the beast. i'm sort of amused by all of this. >> also, a bit of a tough week in washington if you're looking at chuck hagel this week with those hearings. will he end up in fact, being confirmed. >> i think he's going to end up getting confirmed. i spoke to roy blunt. who said he will vote no on hagel but not support a filibuster. we know a second senator from the state is going to join him. he has the votes to get confirmed. the bigger question now, erica, and it's a topic we're going to discuss today, is he politically strong enough to do the things that need to be done in the defense department? there's going to be some huge budget battles. considering how badly he was treated by republicans and this
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relationship being as bad as it is, can he be effective in the job? and i think that's now an open question. >> open one. we'll check back to see what's coming up with you on "meet the press". now an update of the other top stories. tom, good morning. >> good morning, lester, erica, good morning, everyone. and a scary ride home. the over sized charter bus hit a low overpass sending 34 to the hospital. one in critical condition. firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free some of them much the students were back to the philadelphia area after visiting harvard when the crash happened. heavy winds forced it off the run way at rome's airport saturday. auto people on board. self have minor injuries. back in the states, it took years to build but only he seconds for a san diego power plant to come crashing down.
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demolition crews used 300 pounds of dynamite to implode the diamond g power plant. it was built in the 19 autos. the space will be now used for public parks. and the folks behind the oscars may be saying oops this morning. ben of pledge picked up another top honor saturday night. he was named outstanding director at the directors guild award. he was not nominated by the academy awards, a snub that has confused many people. he has won at the golden globes and the screen actors guild and the producers guilds. that's the news. now back to lester, erica and dilan. >> how about that? he's racking them up. >> no best director nom. it was pretty good. "argo" was excellent. >> i'm still way behind. i haven't seen it. but i want to. >> i haven't seen it either. i'm supposed to lend it to you. >> you're first and then "argo".
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>> forget the super bowl. we are going to see a lot of snow showers moving through west virginia, kentucky, eastern tennessee. it's not going to accumulate that much but you will see the flakes falling. across western north carolina we could end up with one to three inches. these are quick moving systems that will, again, move in early next week as well. they kind of move from the north and scoot through the great lakes region and off the mid atlantic coast. down outside our window in san francisco, looking at the 49ers flag here. perhaps 12 hours away from our sixth super bowl championship. 59 instead of 49 degrees in san francisco today. 62 in san jose. 62 in oakland as well. mild temperatures, dry conditions to start the week. we'll see a taste of winter coming back our way by wednesday night into thursday. look at the drop in temperatures. chilly showers. and snow on our higher peaks possible for the second half of the work week.
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and that is your latest forecast. erica? >> still ahead, super bowl fun. but first these messages. sh rewd gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more flash. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more taters. that's where tots come from. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% annual bonus on the cash you earn. it's the card for people who like more cash. 50% more spy stuff. what's in your wallet? this car is too small. [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal congestion. [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. ♪ okay, we gotta time this just right. okay. ready... mm-hmm.
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my plans start with you, "nightly news" with lester holt and then we will tackle the game. >> your nose is getting longer. >> i will be anchoring the nbc "nightly news" at the same time that the game starts. i expect everyone to be there. i don't think that is a lot to ask. >> i don't think so at all. >> if you can't enjoy a beer with lester holt on a sunday night. >> we are going to talk about the countdown and another suspense full moment. we'll catch up with the fans and players but first these messages.
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still to come, celebrities, animals and humor. we will preview some ads that you probably haven't seen. >> in our kitchen, a battle of the super bowl sandwiches. first, these messages. my dentist said that the acid in fruit, or fruit juice or fruit teas softens the enamel so that then it can potentially erode. once that enamel is gone, it's gone. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel to help harden that enamel so that it's not brushed away. pronamel protects your teeth from the effects of acid erosion. i don't have to cut out the things that i love in my diet. i can have the best of both worlds with pronamel. and "i have no idea what i'm doing," you need a hand. well, walgreens is innovating to help.
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good morning. looking live at the san francisco 49ers flag along the embarcadero. the breeze is kicking up this morning. but what does your game time forecast look like? and do you care? we're not sure.
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i'm here with rob mayeda. sad to say that, but most people are going to be indoors. >> but they'll run outside to get the groceries. we have high clouds and some patchy low flouds clouds inland morning. there's the visibility. napa, fairfield and down toward the gilroy, visibility at times about a mile or two this morning. satellite radar view shows you less high cloud cover, which means with a little more sunshine, should see low 60s in san jose. close to 60 in san francisco. we see the start of the week dry but get ready for a big drop. highs in the low 50s by thursday with some showers. winter making a comeback in the middle part of the week. >> thank you very much, rob. we've been waiting two long weeks for this day. some 49ers fans say they've been waiting 18 years. but now, it is finally here. super bowl xlvii just 8 1/2
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hours a way. the 49ers and baltimore ravens take the field in the superdome in new orleans. we go live to new orleans with an exclusive look at how the team is preparing for the showdown. the current players, not the only ones in the spotlight in new orleans. last night we got a chance to catch up with football legends on the red carpet at the nfl honors awards show. here's what some of them had to say about today's showdown. >> i'm hoping for a no-holds barred. i want to see a physical football game. i want to see a game that's real competitive. but i feel like the niners are going to win this. >> what makes kaepernick such a differencemaker? >> i think his legs, his confidence. he's cool, calm, collected guy. he seems to thrive under pressure. >> he's having a great year.
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played well. running the ball well. he's got to play within himself. >> coming up at 7:00, we'll show you some of the big winners from that awards show, including who was named the nfl's most valuable player. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," thousands of fans are in new orleans for the super bowl, but there is one notable fan who won't be there. plus, we'll take you to reno to meet the man behind colin kaepernick's now famous tattoos. we know all of frank gore the 49ers in the run game, but we'll show you who could be under the radar when the final whistle blows. complete 49ers coverage, plus all of the day's top stories coming up at 7:00. more local news in 30 minutes.
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back on a sunday morning, february 3rd, 2013. thanks to all the folks that have come out on a pretty brisk sunday morning. thanks to you as well.
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i'm lester holt with erica hill, dylan dreyer and tom jamas. it is great to have you here. it is game day in new orleans. fans are getting ready to root on their favorite team. jenna is there with a preview. >> reporter: we have a lot coming up in the next half hour. we are going to talk to many so of the fans and we are going to hear from some of the quarterbacks in the game and maybe we will even take a gator aid bath. just for good measure. we'll talk to you in a minute. of course, for many people, it is not just about the game. it is also about the commercials. we're going to take a look at some of those ads, which can be
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big wins and losses of their own. some of the wins creating some buzz, some you may not have seen. a little sneak peek action. >> we are going to look back at the time-honored tradition of the gator aid shower, where it started, how it feels. you know jenna. she is definitely going to try it out. >> forget football. we are talking sandwiches and with this face-off, it is the battle of the super bowl sandwiches, grilled cheese versus beef. you don't want to miss this one. >> this is going to be tough. plus, i'm ready for breakfast. dylan has a check of the weather for us. next year, super bowl in new york city. we are certainly going to be so very chilly temperatures in the northeast. in new orleans, sunny, mild, 64. awesome down there for the game. next year, the average for february 2nd is 32 degrees in new york city. we'll see how it shapes up next year. today, snow showers down across
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ohio moving into western virginia. also, into western north carolina. we had some accumulation in northern georgia earlier this morning. tomorrow, some rain showers move into arkansas. down across the gulf coast states and moving into louisiana. so for those people who are leaving tomorrow afternoon, you will run into some afternoon showers. so it doesn't look too bad. the view in san francisco, 49ers flag there showing a bit of an onshore wind this morning coming out of the west. 59 degrees in san francisco. 62 san jose. low 60s inland with a little more sunshine than yesterday. we're not going to see as much high cloud cover which kind of spoiled the sunshine for your saturday. today 60s inland. patchy low clouds at the coast. dry start to the week. cooler with showers wednesday night into thursday.
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for your latest weather any time, you can go to there is popcorn everywhere. where is this coming from? it is your sweet 16. that's awesome. this is all working out here. there we go. >> holding it like a little baby, which is a perfect segue to our next story. we haven't seen a lot of the dutchess of cambridge. she has been laying pretty low since we learned she is expecting. you knew that couldn't last forever. that's right. there are now perhaps just slightest little hint of a baby bump in the picture. >> reporter: a picture is splashed across the british tabloids with the headline, kate's baggy bump. if you look closely, she does look like she is finally showing as she carries the most anticipated baby in the world and her cheeks seem fuller as
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well. the dutchess of cambridge is now more than three months pregnant. apart from this outing with husband, william, to inspect her portrait at a london gallery, she has kept outof sight preferring to stay at home frustrating royal watchers and a nation eager of information. the announcement of her pregnancy was tainted by the tragedy that followed with the death of a nurse that was caught up in a hoax phone call made by two australian radio d.j.s. royal sources say she is recovering well from the extreme morning sickness she suffed early in her pragegnancy. >> she is back to normal in many respects. her morning sickness seems to have passed. she wants to show the world she is not ill, just pregnant. she wants to carry on promoting her charity engagements. >> in the meantime, refurbishment of the royal couple's new home is nearly
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complete. william spent his early years here. his new baby will too. one thing seems clear, kate will not adopt the figure-hugging attire loved by some celebrities during pregnancy. she will go for the baggy, floaty look, perhaps more dignified for a future queen. you want to talk super bowl. we haven't done that. >> is today the super bowl? >> it is in a matter of hours. football's best face-off in new orleans. >> jenna is outside the superdome. >>. i checked it is actually here. after weeks of hype and hoop la, the super bowl xlvii is finally here. there is an energy in this new orleans air. the fans, coaches, players and beyonce, all getting ready for tonight's big event. bring it to the big easy. >> how do you like new orleans
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so far? >> love it, love it. it is amazing. >> for one wild rise of football, fans, and fun. tonight, it's the best in the nfc going up against the best in the afc, harbaugh versus harbaugh as the baltimore ravens take on the san francisco 49ers. they are predicting a tight game. we know how the fans get ready for the big day but what about the players? i caught up with last year's super bowl mvp, eli manning, in town promoting xbox connect. >> tell me what the ritual is the night before the super bowl? >> they like routine, doing the same thing. if you eat pasta every wednesday, eat pasta. if you get a massage on thursday, get it. here is ravens' quarterback, joe flacco. >> when you see it from afar it is like this thing that is not real. when you are here, it is tough
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to believe you are here which allows us to relax and play. >> taking the field a star-studded lineup. jennifer hudson with american the beautiful. alicia key singing the national anthem have the at hialftime. and beyonce who made this promise. >> i will be sinlging loud. >> that's not the only promise. we already know which team will win, coach harbaugh's. >> i know you are not betting folks but if you were, i would tell you the 49ers are favored by 3 1/2 points but it is close. if you wanted to go further and have me tell you the over/under is 47 1/2, i would. let's not complicate things. let's tune in. >> 49ers by 13. take it to the bank -- or not. >> you got it. >> i'm sorry.
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>> he didn't really mean that. >> jenna, thanks. >> up next, super bowl commercials. the companies hope to score with viewers during the big game right after these messages. my name is marjorie reyes, and i'm a chief warrant officer. i love the fact that quicken loans provides va loans. quicken loans understood the details and guided me through every step of the process. i know wherever the military sends me, i can depend on quicken loans.
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matt miller, of independent commercial producers. matt, good morning. great to see you. >> great to be here. >> the cost is $3.8 million. how does that compare for other must-see or big events. >> well, it's obviously the biggest but there's no other event that's even close. the biggest events we see have 20 million viewers. we're talking about 111 million viewers. when you put it in scale that way and the fact that we're all watching that at the same time and there's that water cooler. and now the digital water cooler. 40% of the people that watch the super bowl will actually share ads. what does that mean? facebook friends average 118 per person. that's almost 5 billion impressions ultimately through social media and everything else. so now we see the strategy of sharing before, sharing after. people talking about the responsibilities during the game.
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and you see an absolute bargain, if you will. >> that is why it is so expensive. >> it's a unique element. >> the first ones we have is from samsung. >> samsung wants me to be in their new, big commercial. the next big thing. >> they called me in for the next big thing. >> maybe like in 1998 you were the next big thing. >> i have never seen you this excited about something that is not food. you make people physically uncomfortable. >> look, they gave me a phone. >> i got one too. >> where did you get that? >> they gave it to me because i'm the next big thing. >> this makes no sense, man. >> are you sure you're not here to see a game named samsung. let's find a favorable review to one of your memories. no such result found. >> it got 5 million hits. >> the teaser went out last week. this is the first time that
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anyone has seen the actual spot. 30 seconds of the actual spot which is a two-minute spot that will be airing in the third quarter. another little cameo at the very end you will see lebron james as well. a little spoiler alert. they took on apple big time last year. if you remember the spoof of the lions waiting opening up. it increased their market share huge. droid is by far outselling iphones and samsung specifically in a bigger way. now we will see something else. rim will be in with blackberry for the first time ever as they go for their life support. >> budweiser are back with the clydesdales. >> i love this commercial. >> let's take a look and then we'll chat about it. ♪
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♪ i climbed a mountain and i turned around ♪ ♪ well, i've been frayed of changing because i built my life around you ♪ >> i don't know if it makes me want to have a beer but it's really cute. >> it's amazing. the clydesdales have been in super bowl commercials 23 times since 1986. so we have had had this continuing story about being close and feeling emotion with the clydesdales. this is really interesting because the first scene you see a newborn foal which was actually one week old when they shot him. he is now only two weeks old. they're bringing the audience and said through twitter, help us name this foal. the winner will be the name of that horse. >> i think lester. >> remember the field goal clydesdale. >> 1996. >> they pull at your heart strings. matt, nice to see you this morning.
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enjoy the ads tonight. >> you too. >> the battle of the super bowl sandwiches still ahead. but first these messages. ious t. this year, don't just take time off. put time in. turn spending time with your family into spending time as a family. at the one place where every heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, goose-bumping second counts. it's your vacation. don't just take it. mean it. universal orlando. vacation like you mean it. tell me i'm beautiful. tell me we'll grow old together. in sickness and in health. tell me that i'm still the one. that you need me. that i'm your super hero! tell me you'll never let me go. tell me you miss me. that's all i need. [ female announcer ] for everything
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they need to hear this valentine's day, there's a hallmark card.
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♪ over the years, post-victory celebrations have varied regardless of which team wins. we know there will be some sideline partying in new orleans. jenna is there and has narrowed down the field to the absolute most crowd pleasing cheer of all. >> thehere is the deal. there are many post-game winning traditions. in ping pong, the high-five. in swimming, the hug. in basketball, the chest bump but in football, there is the
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time honored tradition of the dunk. it is called an american sports tradition and a symbolic crowning achievement on the football field. >> it has become almost as much of the game as the coin toss and the national anthem. >> if you win, you will get wet. >> the icy sensation, when you don't know it is coming, it really stuns you for a minute. >> here comes the bucket. i think he knows it. >> a full vat of gator aid. it is better to have two people. >> we got them. >> it dates back to 1984 when the chicago bears clinched the division and defensive end dan hampton eyed a gator aid bucket. >> when i dumped it over ditka, i was trying to stick it over his head. he had no idea.
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>> the new york giants put the shower on the map. >> once they started, they couldn't stop because their coach, bill parcells, was superstitious. he got creative. >> parcells has changed shirts and is in a security uniform now. >> what i wanted to do was get the gator aid on his head, not necessarily on his neck or back. i wanted to see it splash down from the heavens from the top of his head and cover his whole upper torso. >> not all nfl coaches have warmed up to it. coaching legend, don shula forbid it. he said, i picked off in outfit and i don't want it ruined. >> i prefer to be carried off the field. >> you are probably the only coach. you watch any football game and there will be a coach that will get doused. >> you are right. those players take great part in doing that. the way they sneak up behind the
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coach. >> almost three decades later, it is still a post-victory tradition with a little more strategy. >> they have it figured out. it is almost to a science now. >> regardless of how cold the dung may feel, it only happens when you win. that is the greatest feeling in the entire -- never mind. i take it back. a couple things to know, the gator aid was very cold, very orange and very much still in my hair right now. keeping with tradition, you guys, because we are all in the family, dare i tell you not to turn around where you are sitting. >> do not? >> no. i would like the record to show that lester actually jumped further back than i did. >> i did. i looked up. i bet the first words. >> i tried to. they wouldn't go for it.
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listen, lester. they said lester would be upset. it was a whole thing. we had a plan but you didn't want it. i took the heat and i took the cold obviously. >> i like it. >> next year, your getting dunked. >> very nice. >> well, next year, we'll be in new york as dylan pointed out. it will be a little cold. >> that will be lovely on the plaza, four jugs of gator aid from gator aid to sandwiches, time for today's kitchen super bowl style. no matter which team you are cheering for, we are going to find out whether san francisco or baltimore will win in the battle. here to help us do that, pit master, kenny cal abegan, executive chef. >> what makes these sandwiches unique representatives of their perspective cities? >> san fran versus baltimore. san francisco is famous for
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bread and green goddess dressing. this is my take. it is like a grilled cheese on steroids. >> how can you go wrong with that? >> this is the green goddess dressing. you can scoop some africa g anchovies. >> i never realized that was in it. >> it gives it a little salty flavor. >> you can help me assemble the sandwiches, a little sourdough, two pieces. spread some green goddess on there liberally. both sides. two or three nice slices of mozzarella. >> with sourdough, it is a classic san francisco. >> when i go to san fran, i go
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right to the wharf, i get some sourdough and an anchor steam. >> really great. >> put that right on there. >> this one is really to come off. >> a little panini, smush it down. we are ready to go. here are some finished ones. >> we can't win a sandwich face-off if we don't -- >> what's going on in baltimore? >> blue smoke is a barbecue joint here in manhattan. we have a couple locations. this is baltimore barbecue. you can help me out. this is called tiger sauce, mayonnaise, horseradish, a little lemon juice, sour cream. whisk that together. here we have some beef. a nice kaiser roll. spread some tiger sauce on there. >> what kind of beef is this?
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>> i'm using top sirloin. put a little bit of a dry rub on it and smoke it over charcoal. >> i am going to throw some onions on here too. >> raw onion, the classic baltimore pit beef sandwiches, the tiger sauce. pile it nice. >> so we have ten seconds to try our sandwiches. >> either way, thank you. >> both places are a winner today. >> we're going to take a little taste. kenny callahan, thank you very much. we'll be back with the verdict right after these messages. i'm so happy to be marrying your mom. you know that, right? uh-huh. i know this hasn't always been easy for you. and i'm really happy that you're in my life, too. ♪ it's just like yours, mom! [ jane ] behind every open heart is a story. tell yours with my open hearts collection at kay jewelers,
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♪ let's check in again with chuck todd of a preview of what's coming up on meet the pr press and maybe a super bowl prediction. >> i don't know about that. coming up, a conversation with leon panetta and general martin dempsey and robert gibbs on our political round table and on this super bowl sunday, our own bob costas on super bowl culture and safety in the nfl.
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it is all ahead. i guess i'll say ravens for you, lester. >> i knew you were going to say that. that's going to do it for us on this sunday morning. jenna, it's been awesome. you will have a good time tonight. good luck rushing the field. >> the game is going to end in a tie. bye, guys. i'll see you tonight for "nbc nightly news." have a great day, everybody!
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we are less than nine hoirs from the big game.
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live from new orleans. over the next hour we'll preview super bowl xlvii. how are the guys feeling? they'll tell us coming up. as colin kaepernick prepares for the biggest game of his life, the stories behind those now famous tattoos, and now famous pose. the legends off the field, what they say they're celebrating and what they say about the big game today. "today in the bay" starts right now. >> announcer: from nbc bay area, this is "today in the bay." good morning to you. looking live at the superdome. quiet right now, but it is going to be a roar later on. if you are a 49ers fan, you probably had a little bit of trouble getting to sleep last night. call it 49ers fever. we certainly know that all of our landmarks were decked out and ready to go. a look at san francisco in the city, lit up with red with the 49ers flag waving in

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